Characterful chenin with gorgeous aromatic honey and spice. Ripe concentration on a richly textured, broad palate. Steely acidity and a fine-boned structure provide contrast and balance. Delicious and ageworthy.
100% Chenin Blanc.
The grapes for this wine are sourced from 2 parcels from different regions. The biggest portion, 60%, of the wine is sourced from a block in the Paardeberg (Swartland) and 40% from the Polkadraai hills of Stellenbosch .The Paardeberg portion is from bush vine grapes planted on decomposed granite giving the wine its elegance, finesse and focus.The portion from the Polkadraai is planted on Granite and lends characteristics of yellow fruit and depth to the wine.
The parcels are vinified separately before being blended together just before bottling. Grapes are whole bunch pressed and left overnight to settle in stainless steel tanks. The wine is racked to 3rd fill 500 litre French oak the next morning and spends 10 months on its primary lees without any batonage. No commercial yeast or enzymes were used during the winemaking process.
Lukas van Loggerenberg studied at Elsenburg College. After an itinerant career as a winemaker, in South Africa, the USA and France, he took the plunge and started releasing wines under his own label in 2016. He makes his wines on Paarl mountain, but sources most of his fruit from Stellenbosch, with important parcels coming from Paarl and Swartland. There is a luxuriousness and generosity to Lukas’ wines, but certainly not at the expense of balance or finesse.